Saturday, November 20, 2010

From the Customers mouth...

The Serenity
"If I could mortgage my house I would have one of everything. Such a lovely selection - something for everyone's taste - girly, feminine, bright (love the Anna Chandler lamps!) and a fascinating array of children's gifts. Not the run of the mill, but reasonably priced. Love this place. I'll be back with friends."
Lyn Nancarrow

What a lovely place to stop
"We went to another store beforehand but were not happy with the service and so wandered down here - pleasantly greeted by relaxing music and smiling faces. Lovely gifts for self or others. Thank you for making our day that little bit brighter!"

Music, gifts and service...
"Love walking into this place, nice music, beautiful gifts, and fantastic service. Lots of variety, everything smells nice and is just beautiful."
Kellie Buckley

Our Story...

In August 2006 we discovered that the block at No 8 Beltana Road was vacant and in a flash of inspiration (or insanity!) we seized the opportunity to launch our very own garden and giftware shop.

Iain, an expert horticulturist, and Kylie, an accomplished graphic designer, set about creating an enticing space and filling it with the kind of useful and beautiful objects we love. We are the proud parents of three young children and they are the inspiration for the Bliss kids and babies range. Kylie searches high and low to find eye-catching gifts for the little people in your life. We have chosen unique toys and activities for lively kids in order to nurture their imaginations and encourage hands-on fun!

Bliss Garden and Giftware is Canberra's best spot to buy the perfect gift. With a focus on practical and stylish living, we have gathered understated and beautiful objects to complement any home. Whether you're looking for chic outdoor furniture, classic home wares, striking outdoor décor or simply luscious plants, Bliss will surprise and inspire you. And of course, once you've chosen the perfect gift we'd be delighted to wrap it, courtesy of Bliss.

Nestled into Pialligo's 'nursery precinct', Bliss is a sublime destination with Tulips café not even a pebble's throw away and Bison and Stonehenge right next door. Escape to the tranquil surrounds of Pialligo, only 1km from Brand Depot and just 10 minutes from Civic or Fyshwick.

Trading hours
Normal Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30am-5:00pm, Sunday 9:30am-4:00pm
Winter Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30am-4:30pm Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm

Create a Small Water Garden

Small Water Gardens are great for a few of reasons. They look great, sound lovely (with a small fountain), are relatively inexpensive, easier to maintain than a large pond, and you can have them in a small area such as a patio or balcony.

They're fool proof too. If you wind up with a design that you don't like, it's easy to rearrange the plants. Small-container water gardens are actually a collection of submerged potted plants - yes you can just leave them in their pot! So redesigning a planting is as simple as moving the pots around. And the plants are tough - most are hard to kill and require little maintenance.

All you need is a location, a pot that holds water (water bowl), and a few plants. For me, small-container water gardens are an extremely rewarding exercise, for not all that much effort. And once you've mastered a small container, think what you can do in a big water garden!